NASA plans to decommission the International Space Station (ISS) to focus on deep-space exploration, leaving low-Earth orbit as the next frontier for commercial space enterprises.
Private developers are being supported by NASA through grants to create their own space stations for scientific research and tourism.
Space Adventures plans to launch private space stations in the next 5 to 10 years, but details are still uncertain.
Vast Space, a California start-up, aims to launch the Haven-1 module in 2025 as the first segment of their space station.
Other start-ups and aerospace firms, like Northrop Grumman and Voyager Space, are also developing their own space stations.
Hilton Hotels is designing astronaut suites for the Starlab outpost developed by Voyager Space and Airbus Defense.
Sierra Space is partnering with Blue Origin, Boeing, and Redwire to launch the Orbital Reef, a mixed-use business park in space.
Axiom Space is teaming with SpaceX to debut their station in 2026, offering accommodations designed by Philippe Starck.
While tourism is secondary to government-sponsored missions, private individuals are interested in furthering humanity's understanding of space and enjoying the experience of being in space.
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